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« on: May 27, 2012, 05:55:15 PM »

Was driving down bridgeport (one way road), and some guy turned onto the road going the wrong way. I swerved to miss him but he still hit my back end.

I'm hoping the insurance company will fix it. It will probably need a total repaint since the paint is so old they'll never be able to match it.

I guess I'll be taking the wildcat to London.


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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2012, 06:36:14 PM »

Oh no! Jon I'm so sorry. I had the same thing happen to me some years ago with my 86 Deville, so I understand your pain. Let me know if I can help with sourcing any parts for you.

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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2012, 11:18:00 PM »

Yeah, I'm not sure how it will work with the shops on this one. I don't know if they do all the looking, or if it helps if I find the parts.
The only other accident I was in was an indisputable write off (92 skylark which was 16 years old at the time with the front 2 feet of the car scattered all over the road). Which I can't help but note was also caused by some idiot who didn't pay attention to the road signs.

At least I can challenge them to find another low mileage 85 with a replacement goodwrench engine, ready to safety and certify.
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2012, 11:20:56 PM »

When my 86 was hit the insurance did cover it because it was mint with 39,000 kms but I did have to find the parts myself.

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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2012, 08:27:22 AM »


 Oh man, what a completely horroble turn of events! I'd feel like giving that other driver a very bad day as well. Now the fight with the insurance company, which is never nice.

 A good body shop should be able to repair the panel, but failing that one can be removed form another solid car. Filler panels can be bought new.

 What sort of insurance did you get on the car?

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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2012, 09:51:48 AM »

Damn! That really sucks.
 There are too many assholes on the road.
If you don't know a really good body shop, I can Recommend one.
It's off Franklin St. I think it's called East End Auto Body.
They have done body work for me in the past and it was top notch, and they're prices are reasonable.

GJ
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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2012, 10:29:14 AM »


 It seems the level of intelligence, or at least awareness of one's surroundings, has dropped considerably in the last couple of years. It boggles my mind at what I see on a daily basis.

 You have to really be on top of things to avoid catastrphe caused by someone else's stupidity.

 Jon, you saw it coming and were able to react. It could have been much worse.

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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2012, 11:39:53 AM »

The first thing the guy said as he stepped out of his car was "I'm so sorry, I'm from london,  I didn't know".  Apparently then don't have one way streets in London (Not true since I grew up on one!), or maybe he can't be expected to read road signs when he's away from home? he pulled onto bridgeport from Margaret Ave, so it's not like it was out of someones driveway with no signage.

I still had the regular daily driver insurance on the car, so they'll need to go through a valuation process.
I talked to the guys at Queensway Auto Body since they are an approved collision repair facility for State Farm. The guy says they would price the repair based on straightening the fender instead of replacing it.  I've found the chrome pieces already and I have the tail light housing I'll sell them. They already said that they are only allowed to quote a repaint of the damaged panel. The last things are the bumper fillers which they plan on fixing with a heat gun and reusing (much to my protests).  The body guy who looked at it says he suspects it'll be a write off,  but I plan on fighting that since I also showed it to my insurance broker himself who thinks it should be fixed.
If they insist on not paying what the queensway people quote,  then I'll take it to East End and get them to quote.

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« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2012, 10:36:08 PM »


 I'm with you on this deal, Jon. I really hope yopu can get it fixed. However the repaint on the one panel will make a mess of it all. You should look into a deal to paint the whole car.

 One way to do it is to agree on a write off value, then buy the car back and use the money to have the job done yourself. You have the parts, you just need the bodyshop to do the work. That is if State Farm will allow you to buy the car back. That way it never changes name and it shouldn't ever be declared as salvage.

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« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2012, 07:19:54 AM »

I'll need to pick the brain of the adjuster if it comes back saying it's a write off. They've mentioned the option of buying it for the salvage price,  but not saying if that meant it would be declared as salvage title.
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« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2012, 07:27:06 AM »


 Not necessarily, you'd have to clarify that with him. At the same time see ikf you can work out a deal to have it repaired with the money they pay out.

 Mike
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« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2012, 08:28:25 AM »

Last time I had collision damage my insurance company told me to go to Queensway.
 I refused right away and went to East End. They told me that the insurance company gave them more money than they needed to fix the panel that was hit, so they repaired an inner fender well with what was left over.
 I'll bet that they can paint the whole car for $2000.
 As for those filler panels, they can still be found in wrecking yards. Fixing them with a heat gun will mean having to replace them in a couple of years anyway.
 I always thought those guys were Mickey Mouse.

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« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2012, 09:28:17 AM »

I can't seem to find any East End place. what's the intersection?
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« Reply #13 on: May 29, 2012, 09:30:38 AM »

I can't remember the St.name, it's off Franklin on some small side street.
 I'll see if I can find their card.

GJ
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« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2012, 09:48:55 AM »


 The place is about a 1/2 block off Main St (#97). I can't remember the name of the street they are on either.

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